November 28, 2010 at 2:30 pm #253806
Whats the go with the stockpiling? Is something going to happen that I’m not aware of or is just for cenvenience if you find yourself with money problems etc??? Sorry to be so ignorant but am very curious 🙂November 28, 2010 at 3:06 pm #483658
I do it because I am 35+ klm from the nearest shop, I like to have everything I need, and I don’t like to pay much for it, so when it’s on sale I buy lots.
Aside from milk and fresh fruit/veg I reckon we could live off my pantry/freezer for at least 6 months.
So if I ever need to not spend anything for a while I can skip a shopping trip or two.November 28, 2010 at 3:18 pm #483659
Sounds fair Nex .. thanks for your reply 🙂November 28, 2010 at 3:29 pm #483660
I’ve been doing it for years mainly because….
if we hit a rough patch where we can’t afford to go shopping.
or get flooded in.
or the proverbial hits the fan.
even ill health.
I try not to have much that needs refrigeration in case power goes out, I’ve been a bit slack in the last few months but I’m slowly getting back to it.November 28, 2010 at 3:42 pm #483661
That sounds like a good plan Judi. Thanks for your reply 🙂November 28, 2010 at 3:47 pm #483662
I have always had a bit of a stockpile probably learned in childhood from my mother who was a child of the depression and needed a buffer against disaster. I do it in a fairly informal way so that there is always enough in the pantry and freezer to see us through if anything untoward happens. We live out of town so cant pop to the shop if something runs out. We also always have vegies in the garden that would get us through for a while. I saw on the news over the weekend that people affected by the National Bank issues were unable to buy food -obviously they had no stockpile whatsoever.November 28, 2010 at 4:15 pm #483663
Is something going to happen that I’m not aware of
Home_Grown, many people are also getting into the habit of stockpiling as a result of finding out about peak oil too (see Roadwarriors epic stockpiling thread here for a start). Whilst stockpiling isn’t a mitigation strategy as such, it is a means to avoid short term problems and provide some breathing space to develop more complete solutions.
If you haven’t heard about peak oil, it’s well worth looking into. Many attribute the recent economic crisis to peak everything, or the realisation that we can’t have infinite growth on a finite planet, of which peak oil is akin to the tip of the iceberg.November 28, 2010 at 4:36 pm #483664
My parents are also from the depression going in the war so when they came to Aust. they coun’t believe how much food there was here. They were still on rashions in England
There was always food under the beds in boxes. we never ran out between that and the garden we were well fed.
I used to do it when the boys were babies then fell of the wagon as through to say. One day all I had in the house for th eboys for breakfast was 2 minute noodles, I didn’t even have bread for their lunches as the works cheque needed cashing forst. I made a vow to myself never again will that happen and it never has.
Yesterday we went down to the Garden island in Adelaide and stocked up on fruit and veggies for the next 2 months. The cow has gone to market it will be back next week for the freezer. As we might be shifting in the early new year I didn’t want extras here to find a home for. Chooks are easy they can live in the corner. On the way back we called in Giannias brothers and stocked up on flour and yeast, and other stuff.
Its better to have stuff than nothing if anythign does happen it might not but its better. I find a lot of sites from the US have been saying to prepare for anythign for a long time so maybe they know something we don’t????November 28, 2010 at 6:25 pm #483665
Natural to stockpile. We have been doing (humans) for 100s of years. (Storing harvest for winter etc)
Very good habit to get back into and pass on to loved ones. It is difficult to be prepared for every possible scenario, however, having extra food stocks is always a minimum starting point.
Resources depletion/issues in coming years will prove any stockpiling decision wise IMHO.November 28, 2010 at 6:33 pm #483666
I also stockpile for all the reasons mentioned in posts above. I probably have close to 3-4 months of stockpile, and it is not just food items, but non-food items as well.
I live on a pension and rent, so I stockpile to smooth out the ups and downs of living on limited money. I also firmly believe that peak oil is an issue, but I still haven’t done enough investigating and sorting my view out from all the other pieces of information out there…
I also belong to the Latter-day Saints (the mormons) and stockpiling and provident living is a way of life for us, as a way of being able to help ourselves first when things go *bluergh* and then be able to help others around us if we have the capacity to do so.
So we all stockpile for lots of different reasons and I think the best and most simplest reason is:
We never quite know what is around the corner, and the more we are prepared, the more we will weather the insabiltiy, emergency or plain old job loss in one piece and relatively happy while we are at it.
Stockpiling, like Geoff, said is also a way for some of us to buy time to transition to a post peak -oil economy and may be the only buffer some of us have…
Lizzy :cheer:November 28, 2010 at 7:15 pm #483667
Way of life for me too especially at this time of year when the wet season can cut me off from town up 10 days at a time.November 28, 2010 at 8:37 pm #483668
I started out “stockpiling” simply by way of buying items that we use often when they were on special, initially it started out as a way of saving money. We then experienced a time when our finances were tight and we were able to go with a very limited shopping budget without even really feeling the pinch because of what I had in the cupboard.
I’ve kept it up since but I never really got serious, we’d get by for a few weeks on what I have stored but not much more. I then found that the weekly shopping was just browsing for specials and I was able to look for bulk items too which helped our budget even more. I’m now looking to find a way to not have to shop at all, for example I’ve cut up old thin sheets into handkerchiefs and we don’t buy a lot of tissues as a result. This is a small ticket item but the challenge of finding alternatives have resulted in more substantial savings. I figure if we can not spend money on shopping and keep our living expense down we can then pay off the mortgage sooner.
It’s thinking outside the square compared to 90% of the population and there are times that I don’t buy milk for a day or two after we run out because I think that kids should know that they can’t have whatever they want all the time just because they want it. Also we have to purchase gluten free products and they are quite expensive, flour for baking is @ $6 per kilo (bulk buying options dried up about a year ago) and I find that with the savings that bulk buying/specials on our everyday items means that we can afford the extra expense of gluten free without going over budget.
I have since looked into peak oil and will make more of an effort to be prepared with both a stockpile and natural/alternative products, I’m teaching my children as I learn and we are becoming more and more self sustaining. Actually it’s kind of fun, once you get started.
🙂November 28, 2010 at 10:15 pm #483669
xDecember 1, 2010 at 1:39 pm #483670
Hey Zip! *insert waving smiley*
It has been a way of life for us too. Strangely enough, though my parents went through the war and depression, we always seemed to run out of stuff when I was a kid and without a car resupply was difficult sometimes, back in the days when shops were closed for most of the weekend. I remember one trip into our local shopping centre to resupply on Good Friday…… not much was open. Due to these experiences I always made sure we had plenty of back up when i married and moved to our own home. When cooking tea we would joke about going to the corner shop and walk up to our linen press to top up when an ingredient needed for cooking ran low. In these uncertain times it especially seemed important to have a back up when the kids were little. We don’t have as much tinned stuff as back up these days, there is just the two of us and we eat more fresh form the garden, now that I have it yeilding all year ’round. But we still have a stockpile.December 1, 2010 at 6:42 pm #483671
I stockpile because I’m a student. I work through the summer and a month of winter. Then after that I may only do 1 shift a week through semesters.
I had one experience where all the bills were due at once and all I had left for groceries was $10. I didn’t want to let the cat starve, so I came home with catfood and 2min noodles.
Since then I stock up through the holidays while I have the money to do it – mostly staples like rice, legumes, flour/baking supplies, vinegar, pasta, catfood and kitty litter. Then usually my shop through semesters consists of buying fruit and veg and topping up the cat supplies.
Things like vinegar and bicarb double up as cleaning products too. I make my own dishcloths from scrap material I pick up at op shops.
My car kicked the bucket 2 weeks ago, so I am really greatful for my stockpile because I can’t imagine doing a big grocery shop and bringing it all home on my bike.
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